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The Piano Lesson   

 
Walter Kerr Theatre , (4/16/1990 - 1/27/1991)
First Preview:Apr 10, 1990 Total Previews:8
Opening Date:Apr 16, 1990   
Closing Date:Jan 27, 1991 Total Performances:328

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: The house of Doaker Charles where he lives with his niece, Berniece. Pittsburgh, 1936.


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President)
Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Managing Director); Associate Producer: Stephen J. Albert
Originally mounted in 1987 by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director) and Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
Written by August Wilson; Incidental music by Dwight D. Andrews; Incidental Music Director: Dwight D. Andrews
Directed by Lloyd Richards
Scenic Design by E. David Cosier, Jr.; Costume Design by Constanza Romero; Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design by G. Thomas Clark
Executive Producer: Benjamin Mordecai; General Manager: Laurel Ann Wilson; Company Manager: Sally Campbell
Production Stage Manager: Karen L. Carpenter; Stage Manager: Russell W. Johnson; Production Supervisor: Neil Mazzella
Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin; General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing Consultant: Delphine Lester; Press Representative: David LeShay
Cast
Charles S. Dutton Boy Willie
Rocky Carroll Lymon
Apryl R. Foster Maretha
Carl Gordon Doaker
Lisa Gay Hamilton Grace
Tommy Hollis Avery
S. Epatha Merkerson Berniece
Lou Myers Wining Boy
Understudies: Danny Robinson Clark (Wining Boy), Samuel L. Jackson (Boy Willie, Lymon), Khanya Mkhize (Maretha) and Kim Staunton (Berniece, Grace)
Theatre World
nominee 1990 Award [recipient]
Rocky Carroll
nominee 1990 Award [recipient]
Tommy Hollis
Tony Award®
 1990 Best Play [nominee]
Written by August Wilson; Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Executive Producer: Benjamin Mordecai; Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre and Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director)
 1990 Best Actor in Play [nominee]
Charles S. Dutton
 1990 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee]
Rocky Carroll
 1990 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee]
S. Epatha Merkerson
 1990 Best Direction of a Play [nominee]
Lloyd Richards
Drama Desk Award
winner 1990 Outstanding New Play [winner]
Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Managing Director); Written by August Wilson
 1990 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee]
Charles S. Dutton
 1990 Outstanding Actress in a Play [nominee]
S. Epatha Merkerson
 1990 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee]
Rocky Carroll
 1990 Outstanding Director of a Play [nominee]
Directed by Lloyd Richards
Pulitzer Prize
winner 1990 for Drama [winner]
Written by August Wilson
 1989 for Drama [nominee]
Written by August Wilson